Tropical Storm Humberto MAP: Humberto on same devastating path as Dorian – Florida alert
The tropical system currently churning through the Atlantic Ocean could soon become Tropical Storm Humberto. The disturbance is gradually becoming better organised, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has said there is an 80 percent change of development. Titled Invest 95L at the moment, the system could follow the same path as it’s predecessor, Hurricane Dorian.
Hurricane Dorian smashed into the Bahamas killing at least 50 people and making tens of thousands of people homeless earlier this month.
The Category 5 hurricane, one of the most powerful to hit the Caribbean on record, brought wind gusts of more than 200mph and a storm surge of close to 24ft.
It later moved towards Florida and the US east coast, bringing heavy rain and powerful winds.
The tropics have been relatively quiet since, but they’re not going to stay that way for long.
Potential Tropical Storm Humberto is currently on the same path as Dorian.
It is likely to form between the Bahamas and Florida’s east coast.
According to NOAA’s satellite images, “the area of disturbed weather over the central and southeastern Bahamas is gradually becoming better organised while surface pressures are falling in the area.”
It added conditions are becoming “favourable” for a tropical storm to form with the next day or so.
The system is forecast to move northwest through the northwestern Bahamas and the Florida Peninsula at five to 10mph.
NOAA said if this development trend continues “Potential Tropical Cyclone advisories will likely be initiated later today.”
The most immediate concern is that the powerful storm will bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds across portions of the Bahamas through Friday, especially in the northwestern Bahamas already severely affected by Hurricane Dorian.
However, there are many possible paths for this disturbance, with one showing a track up Florida’s east coast.
If this disturbance tracks up the east coast, the southeastern part of the Sunshine State would get some rain and rough surf along the coast, but the worst of the storm would initially remain offshore.
But it could also track up the Florida peninsula, meaning it would make a direct hit on the state.
A track up the peninsula could also mean Humberto could end up in the northeast Gulf on Sunday.
The last scenario shows the storm pass over the northwestern Bahamas and track out to sea, offshore the US east coast.
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